[ASK] Switching to wireless client??

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by davipiero, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. davipiero

    davipiero Addicted to LI Member

    Hi, I'm very new in networking.
    So sorry for my silly question...

    I'm using tomato and I want set my router to be wireless client.
    1. How do I choose the SSID or Access Point I want to connect?
    2. While my router now is set to catch another AP's signal, Can it still be used to broadcast the signal catched from that AP so that my laptop can browse the internet?
    3. If I catch the Wifi from another AP, Then, what about the IP in the WAN interface of my router?
    4. Is wireless client mode the same as something called Wifi repeater?
    5. Finally, what is Access point + WDS mode? What is WDS exactly?

  2. fyellin

    fyellin LI Guru Member

    Might I suggest you read the Tomato FAQ?

    If you make your router into a Wireless Bridge or Wireless Ethernet Bridge, then your router will talk wirelessly to an already existing base station, but other computers have to be wired in.

    If you want your router to both receive wirelessly and then pass this on to the base station (a "repeater"), you want WDS+Access Point. The FAQ gives complete instructions for setting this up.
  3. davipiero

    davipiero Addicted to LI Member

    Okay, here is the thing I want to setup in my home:

    I have a grid antenna which is connected to my router. In the wireless site survey, I can find a free hotspot. Unfortunately, My laptop can't find that free hotspot. What I want to do is making my laptop connected wirelessly (either directly or undirectly) to that free hotspot. For this purpose, how should I setup my router (using Tomato)? How should I setup my router so that the free hotspot can be directed to my laptop?

    Thank you...
  4. fyellin

    fyellin LI Guru Member

    This has been requested before, and I don't think it is possible. What you're looking for is called WDS, and it requires the cooperation of both routers.

    There was a post on this forum from someone who did this using his own two routers.
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